24 hours in Bad Honnef – Rhine romanticism, art nouveau and the “Old One“

STOPS:

  • “Kurhaus“ & “Kurgarten“
  • Town center with pedestrian zone & small, privately owned stores
  • Church “Sankt Johann Baptist“
  • District of Rhöndorf with the foundation “Chancellor Adenauer‘s house“
  • Café Profittlich
  • Restauration: “Restaurant Chamai“, “Haus im Turm“ or one of the other charming restaurants in Rhöndorf
  • To the top of the Drachenfels by rack railroad
  • Stroll along the Rhine promenade

Begin by visiting the city center! The historic “Kurhaus“dating from 1907 has been completely restored recently and will soon be festively reopened. Where in earlier times, when Bad Honnef was still a spa town, “Tanzkaffees” were held, a modern event space has now been built in a historic ambience. The art nouveau facade is proof of the city’s former glory as a spa and healing resort. In the “Kurpark“ you can still find one of the healing springs – the Edelhoffquelle.

Along the “Hauptstraße” (main street) with its Art Nouveau buildings, you will arrive at the picturesque city center with its pedestrian zone, cafés and small, independent stores. The marketplace is the center of the town and invites you to relax, especially in the summer.

Now we move on to the town district of Rhöndorf. The small alleys, surrounded by half-timbered houses, will not only fascinate you, but have also caught the attention of another famous personality: Konrad Adenauer. West Germany’s first chancellor lived in Rhöndorf from 1935 until his death in 1967. The Chancellor Adenauer House Foundation (“Stiftung Bundeskanzler-Adenauer-Haus”) reminds of “the old man of Rhöndorf” in an exhibition. His house and garden can also be visited (limited at the moment due to the COVID-19 pandemic).

Getting hungry? Back in the center of Rhöndorf, we recommend a break at “Café Profittlich“: this cozy café has been around for generations. The homemade “Herrentorte” was Adenauer’s favorite cake and still has it all today.

Not in the mood for coffee and cake? Rhöndorf is home to North Rhine-Westphalia’s only viticultural area – taste the fine wines directly from the vintners “Weingut Broel” and “Weingut Pieper”.

You can now reach the Drachenfels after a strenuous hike through the vineyards or via Königswinter by taking the cogwheel train. The view from up here over the Rhine all the way to Bonn or down to Bad Honnef with the islands of Grafenwerth as well as Nonnenwerth and the Siebengebirge in the background is worth all the effort and certainly one of the most beautiful views in the region. But there is no lack of beautiful views in the Siebengebirge.

Once back down at the Rhine, you can stroll along the promenade back towards Bad Honnef. To round off the day, it’s a good idea to secure a spot on Grafenwerth Island just in time to watch the sunset. The evening atmosphere here will be a lasting memory!

And if you are still not tired: Off you go back to the city. The various pubs and restaurants are looking forward to welcome you!

© Stadt Bad Honnef 2021